Checklist for anonymizing your manuscript for double-blind peer review

A Chinese language version of this checklist is also available.

1

Do not include author names or affiliations anywhere in the manuscript, or in any Supplementary Information files.

2

Do not include any names in any file names and ensure document properties are also anonymised.

3

Do not include any author names or institution information in the Acknowledgements section of your manuscript. Author names and Funding information should be removed and can be re-added later in the peer review process.

4

When referring to your own work within the paper or reference list, avoid using terminology that might reveal your identity. Avoid phrases such as 'we have previously shown (reference)'. Instead use 'as previously shown (reference)'. Please anonymise any references to your own unpublished thesis work.'.

5

At revision do not sign your author response, rebuttals, or appeals with author names.

On journals currently operating double-anonymous peer review you may include author identifying information on your manuscript, but please be aware that we do not edit manuscripts before sending them out for review, therefore you include author information at your own risk and accept that this will be visible to reviewers.

You can also view our Submission checklist to help with your submission(also available in Chinese language)